The perfect plan for booklovers!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
The A to Z of Spanish Culture Updated Third Edition - cover

The A to Z of Spanish Culture Updated Third Edition

Paul Read, Pilar Orti

Publisher: PaperPlay

  • 3
  • 9
  • 0

Summary

Updated edition 2018, covering recent political events. 
 
Planning on visiting Spain? Or maybe you are just interested in finding out what Spanish society is like, how its history, traditions, art and politics have made the country what it is today. 
 
If any of the above apply to you, you will enjoy "The A to Z of Spanish Culture", as you compare how many of the Spanish stereotypes are really a part of Spain today. 
 
The author Pilar Ortí was born and bred in Spain. She grew up in a society trying to figure out how to adapt to its new found freedom and how best to join the rest of Europe. Having lived in London now for over twenty years (time flies!), Pilar has written this "A to Z of Spanish Culture" with plenty of perspective, a bit of nostalgia and above all, a desire to demystify a country that is still represented abroad by toros and flamenco. 
 
This light book about Spain is divided into different chapters, each headed by a Spanish word that opens up a whole aspect of Spanish culture: Spain's history, its society, traditions, art, gastronomy or language. 
 
From grape-eating on New Year’s Eve to the re-enactment of 13th century battles; from the failed military coup in the 80’s to the recent fall from grace of the King; from the origin of the fideua (the pasta-based version of paella) to the origin of the popular tapas, "The A to Z of Spanish Culture" will get you closer to Spain. (And if you're left wanting more, check out the Spain Uncovered podcast.) 
 
When you hear the word "España", you will never think of flamenco dancers again. 
 
From the readers' mouths: 
 
"There is so much that I have learnt from the book as well as being so amused by it.  I need to read it again and then go and explore the artists, food etc and desperately improve my Spanish language skills. 
 
The Christmas traditions had a particular resonance as Nigel and I try to 'do' the grapes even when Rich and Sila aren't here. This has led to much hilarity as we try to find the right channel on the radio and then catch the right 'bongs' to eat them to! Sila says it is easier in England because we have grapes without pips and the whole country isn't trying to buy them!!! 
 
Thank you so much for writing it ." 
(From a reader's e-mail.) 
 
"El libro es una herramienta indispensable para acercarse a la cultura y a la idiosincrasia española. La autora hace un repaso por diversos hitos culturales, sociales, geográficos, gastronómicos e históricos que revelan mucho de la conciencia de un país y de una sociedad que se encuentra a medio camino todavía entre la tradición y la modernidad. 
 
Me lo he devorado en pocas horas y lo he disfrutado mucho. Realmente merece la pena comprarlo." 
 
"The book is an essential tool to get closer to Spanish idiosyncrasy and culture. The author presents various cultural, social, geographical, gastronomical and historical aspects which reveal much about the conscience of a country and society still half-way between tradition and modernity. 
 
I devoured it in a few hours and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Really worth the purchase." 
 
(As reviewed on Amazon.es.) 
 
"Prima, there are many things in here I didn't know about. Guay." 
 
(Pilar's cousin.)

Other books that might interest you

  • In Dog Years I'm Dead - Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully - cover

    In Dog Years I'm Dead - Growing...

    Carol Lynn Pearson

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Here  are quips and jokes for that vast half of humanity that is on the  inevitable road to aging and knows that sharing laughter with friends is  one of the best ways to live until you die. Samplings:When did my wild oats turn to prunes and All-Bran?Happy hour is naptime now.I finally got all of my stuff together and now I can't remember where I put it.
    Show book
  • Legion of the Occult - A thrilling action-packed fantasy escape - cover

    Legion of the Occult - A...

    Roberto Genovesi

    • 0
    • 7
    • 0
    Unstoppable and lethal, they move across the battlefields like ghosts. They are the soldiers of the Legio Occulta. 
     
    Nola, Roman Italy, 19 August 14 A.D. 
     
    History does not acknowledge them, but the Roman Empire knows the debt they owe to this secret legion. Trained not to fight but to read and interpret the messages of the gods, they pave the way for Roman swords, intervening when earthly weapons must give way to the power of the transcendent. With the Legio Occulta, no battle is impossible. 
     
    Clad in snow-white armour and tunics as black as night, they are seers, fortune-tellers, necromancers and haruspies selected when they were children from arenas, slave markets and burning villages. Led by a general who speaks only in sign language, their motto is Vigiles in tenebris: watchers of the night. 
     
    Iron blades clash with magic. Rome will never be the same. 
     
    Praise for Roberto Genovesi: 
     
    'Roberto Genovesi is the Italian master of historical fantasy' ANDREA FREDIANI. 
     
    'A very original, wide-ranging novel full of characters, full of descriptions and narrative inventions' IL GIORNALE. 
     
    'A compelling historical novel with splashes of fantasy' IL SOLE 24 ORE.
    Show book
  • Macho Meditations - cover

    Macho Meditations

    Thomas W. Cathcart, Daniel M. Klein

    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    An uproariously funny daily inspirational guide for manly men. Ralph and Reggie—two regular, blue-collar buds from Boston—offer one-a-day mcnuggets of affirmation, inspiration, manly wisdom and earth-shaking epiphanies from the end of the bar on the inner issues that truly matter—everything from sex to sports to sex to imported vs. domestic to sex to the meaning of life.
    Show book
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Trivia-On-Books) - cover

    The Nightingale by Kristin...

    Trivion Books

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Trivia-on-Book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    Take the challenge and share it with friends and family for a time of fun!
    
    
    You may have read the book, but not have liked it.
    You may have liked the book, but not be a fan.
    You may call yourself a fan, but few truly are. Are you a fan?
    
    Trivia-on-Books is an independently curated trivia quiz on the book for readers, students, and fans alike. If you're ready to take the challenge yourself or share it with friends and family for a time of fun, Trivia-on-Books provides a unique approach to the book that is both insightful and educational!
    
    Features You'll Find Inside: 
    
    • 30 Multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters, and author
    • Insightful commentary to answer every question
    • Complementary quiz material for yourself or your reading group
    • Results provided with scores to determine "status"
    
    Note: This is an unofficial trivia meant to supplement a reader’s experience to books they already love. Trivia-on-Books provides quality and value with a unique approach that is both insightful and educational.
    Show book
  • Scottish History: Strange but True - cover

    Scottish History: Strange but True

    John Hamilton, Noreen Hamilton

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    This book contains hundreds of ‘strange but true’ stories about Scottish history. Arranged into a miniature history of Scotland, and with bizarre and hilarious true tales for every era, it will delight anyone with an interest in Scotland’s past.
    Show book
  • Talking with Dogs and Cats - Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals - cover

    Talking with Dogs and Cats -...

    Tim Link

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    If you’ve ever wondered what your animal was trying to tell you with a bark, meow, or tweet, this is the book for you. Animal communicator Tim Link’s approach respects the personality and feelings of animals, and his simple, accessible methods can facilitate the understanding and communication that all animal lovers crave.
    
    “Packed full of great practical information on how to deal with everyday behavioral issues, along with something less tangible that could take the relationship you have with your cat or dog to a whole new level.” 
    — from the foreword by Victoria Stilwell, dog behavior expert and star of It’s Me or the Dog
    
    “I highly recommend this book! It will make living with you so much easier.” 
    — Sneaky Pie (the cat) as told to Rita Mae Brown, New York Times–bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy Mystery series
    Show book